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Wisconsin Supreme Court shot down Governor Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate Wednesday morning. 

A suit was filed by Republican lawmakers back in October, arguing that Governor Evers does not have the authority to extend the state’s COVID-19 restrictions past 60 days without lawmakers’ approval. 

The first mask mandate in the state was issued in August and extended four times since then.

Governor Evers extended the mask mandate and limited business operations to ensure that COVID-19 cases decreased.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve worked to keep Wisconsinites healthy and safe, and I’ve trusted the science and public health experts to guide our decision-making,” Evers said in a statement

“Our fight against COVID-19 isn’t over — while we work to get folks vaccinated as quickly as we can, we know wearing a mask saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic.”

Governor Evers’ “safer at home” order was struck down last May due to the legislature saying he does not have authority. 

The current mask mandate will expire on April 5. 

The Supreme Court is populated mostly with conservatives, who have fought against multiple attempts made by Evers to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 60 organizations are against the repeal of the mask mandate. Those included are groups representing healthcare workers, schools, first responders, churches and dentists. 

The Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the mask mandate does not change local mandates. 

The Supreme Court brought the mask mandate repeal to attention after Jere Fabick, a longtime Republican donor, gave $20,000 to conservative Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley.

Starting April 5, residents in Wisconsin 16 years and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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